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Vertical structures which usually enclose, divide, define, or protect an area.

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Insulating interior walls

Is it okay to insulate my interior wall cavities with 1 inch blue insulation styrofoam and then r13 bat insulation on top of that before I sheetrock
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How can I prevent crumbs from coming off an interior plaster-like wall?

I recently moved into a house and I want to fix the interior walls. They are covered in a material that I never even saw before, so I would like to replace/cover with something, but I am confused over ...
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Using a 4” hole saw on wood panel walls to install a round electrical box?

I am mounting a 24 inch vanity light into wood panel walls. The light fixture is lightweight and there is no stud available, so I intend to use this 1 gang old work round electrical box. I need to ...
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Soft Spot On Plaster Wall - No Moisture?

Our 100 year old house has plaster walls, and I just noticed this “soft” spot by our front door (see photos). It isn’t bulging out - the spot leaves an indentation if you press hard, but no “squishy” ...
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How to install a curtain rod with a perpendicular wall on one side

I have an extremely awkward window configuration that I have no idea how to handle. It seems like most curtain rods want to have a bit of space on both ends of the window to install flat onto the wall ...
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How to insulate and air seal partially finished wall

I'm trying to slowly improve the energy efficiency of my house. I need to finish a 2x6 framed wall between my basement mechanical room and a poorly insulated, unheated garage (There is living space ...
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Can I drill a metal plate next to my window?

I hit metal while drilling a hole next to a window. The identical house next to mine is at the pre-drywall stage, so I took a picture of the window area. I suspect the thing I'm hitting is called a ...
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How to trim windows on a curved wall

I have a curved wall with 7 windows in it. We are getting all the windows replaced but I'm a little concerned about how the windows will be trimmed on the curved wall. Currently there is no trim, the ...
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Board and batten on warped wall - best way to install?

When preparing to install board and batten on my wall, I found that the center of my 6' wall span is "warped" away from me, about 1/2" where I want the top rail, and 1/4" on the ...
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Can anyone identify this faux brick wall material?

I bought a new house in the summer 2023 and would like to paint over this faux brick wall. I am wondering what type of material this is, and if I need a special type of paint (besides regular wall ...
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Need advice. Painted over semi-gloss wall with matt emulsion paint without primer beforehand

The painter I hired painted over the semi-gloss walls with matt emulsion paint without using a primer beforehand. So the color from the original semi gloss paint is still coming through in spots as ...
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Why does only one of my three-way switches work suddenly?

I have two toggle wall switches at opposite room ends that control a ceiling light fixture. Only one switch (main) now works for off and on of fixture, the other will only turn fixture off not on. ...
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Can top plate of partition wall be removed where it joins load bearing wall?

Is it okay to remove a partition wall that has its top plate going under the I beam of a load bearing wall? Would I just cut the top plate flush with the studs of the load bearing wall? The red arrows ...
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Can I remove double top plate?

I am doing some renovation in my kitchen and when I removed the door that goes into kitchen, I came cross some sticking out wood from my ceiling and my wall and I am wondering if they can be removed ...
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How to smooth old very textured drywall

There’s one room in my house that has textured walls that isn't uniform; they just slapped a bunch of joint compound all over the room and did nothing to smooth it out. The paint on top was chipped ...
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Can I replace just the top rotten half of a wall stud rather than the whole thing?

The reason is I cannot readily access the sill plate. There is fireplace brickwork in front of the drywall there. I guess the best thing is add a sister that rests atop the sill plate but is not ...
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Soundproofing a partywall for airborne noises [duplicate]

I need help soundproofing one of my bedroom walls, which is shared with the neighbors. Specifically I just want to reduce, as much as possible, chattering and loud talking sounds. I own an apartment ...
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How can I patch small rectangular holes in plaster over brick?

I have recently had my split cycle air conditioner's indoor unit moved a few inches to a new position. The old installation position looks like this in the attached photo. What is the most ideal and/...
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How to modify/remove stud wall bracing for doorway

The project I am attempting to bump out a pantry into my garage over my basement stairwell. Including appropriate clearance for the stairway, I will have an approximately 4x3 finished space on a floor ...
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Garage wall removal [closed]

Detached 25' x 25' garage with a wall running down the middle of it. I would like to remove the wall to make better use of the space, but I'm unsure if the roof will collapse if I do so. Can it be ...
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Mounting Pullup bar above door. Inner wall studs do not extend above door

I want to mount a pullup bar (rouge jammer) above a regular 30 inch wide door in my detached garage. I ran my studfinder above the door inside and could not find a stud. Upon opening up the drywall, I ...
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Does over refrigerator cabinet need support at both ends?

We're planning to replace our refrigerator in the next couple of years. I have found that I could get a much larger appliance if it weren't for one "wall" that sort of makes a cove for the ...
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What thickness OSB is needed to back a niche (unsupported)?

I have a wall opening that is 43" wide by 51" tall. I want to close it with drywall on either side (front and back). The other side is inset into the wall such that there won't be any stud ...
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Possible to install a beam in place of load bearing wall?

We are looking to expand our kitchen into a space that I figured was a load bearing wall. Details: 1st floor, the truss joists all go from front to back of our home. I noticed the section where there ...
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Window sill wet from recent rains

I live in a new construction townhouse (purchased over last year), and one issue we've been having is that recent hard rains have caused a leakage on one of our 2nd floor window sills (our townhouse ...
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What steps do I need to take to repaint plaster walls?

What steps do I need to take to paint over already painted white plaster walls with a slight glossy finish? This might be a dumb question but my walls are I think plaster and I’m looking to paint over ...
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How can I find existing mounting holes after the wall was repaired?

Client forgot to tell workers to leave mounting holes open so they ended up patching all the holes. These holes are for a heavy wall ornament which used screw inserts. Is there any way I can either ...
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How can I mount one end of a pullup bar to a brick wall and the other end to a stud wall?

I want to install a pull-up bar in my hallway between two walls. The distance, wall to wall, is approx. 39" and I have a 1" steel pipe and wall flanges. My concern is that while one of the ...
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How can we determine if these half walls and posts are load bearing? [duplicate]

We would like to remove the 2 half walls and posts to open up the room. We opened up the posts and it’s just two 2x4s that are nailed together and drywalled. Would it be safe to assume those are not ...
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Did I paint my walls with mold? [closed]

I was using 6 month old paint to paint a tiny room in my house, the paint was first stored in the attic and then it was stored in the garage for a full week before I started painting. The white paint ...
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What type of adhesive should I use to reattach cap stones on a sea wall?

I need to re-affix the stones. The flat-topped concrete flat-stone-capped seawall is in the atmospheric zone, but it takes a beating from waves during storms. It has no rebars protruding. I'm ...
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Is a triple LVL beam adequate for a picture window?

I want to frame a window opening for a 114" x 47" picture window with right and left casement. The location is the back walkout wall of a 2 story on the main level. I am wondering if three 1-...
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Splitting 1 room into 2 - realistic or a pipe dream? [closed]

We currently have 2 large bedrooms on the top floor of our house and I would like to split the 2nd bedroom into 2 rooms. The bedrooms would be on the small size but I think that it would increase the ...
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Will a brick wall support 150 pounds of mounting bracket and TV?

I want to mount a Tripp Lite Model #DWM60100XX television wall mounting bracket that weighs 31 pounds on a brick wall above a gas fireplace in my family room and then hang an 86-inch television that ...
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Can the plumbing for a shower/tub combo be put in the wall between the house and the garage? [closed]

Specifically, what matters is if it's considered an interior or exterior wall? In building our home, we were told the shower faucet could not be on that end because it was an exterior wall. The only ...
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What are the dark spots on wall around electric outlet?

The mark does not come off when rubbed or scrubbed lightly. It doesn’t streak or smudge. It is to the side and the bottom of the outlet cut-out. The outlet is in the sub-grade lower level of a split ...
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Bathroom with added shower wall hi

building out bathroom and came across the plans with a 8” wall in the shower is required . at first I thought it was for plumbing then I looked at the bathroom across the hall in a guest room it has ...
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Can I remove this Load bearing wall? [closed]

I wanted to find out if I can remove this wall?
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Framing lookout basement wall with minimal depth

I have a lookout basement wall where the windows sit directly on the silplate. The foundation wall sticks out about 2 inches past the silplate and there is 2 inches of xpf directly glued to the ...
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What is this construction material called, please?

It's used by some agency called 'Quantum Tech HD' on youtube, as a logo. I asked there for advice months ago but have received no response. Does someone here know? I'd be most interested in Canadian ...
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Fixing wall after pipes froze

A few weeks ago my pipes froze to my washing machine. Being inside the wall, I removed some drywall and thawed them out. Upon fixing the problem, I also noticed R-11 insulation in the walls. I am ...
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How can I fix the noise caused by this hot water heating pipe and my wall?

My house has hot water baseboard heat. It's generally pretty quiet, except for a loud, repetitive ticking/popping sound when it first turns on. From what I've read, that usually means there's air in ...
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What kind of work is required to cut into this wall above the fireplace?

I recently purchased a condo unit. I'm bothered by how thick the wall containing the fireplace is, and I saw another unit some floors above solved that problem by cutting above the fireplace to ...
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Wall Shelves mounted on wood in garage

I want to take the ugly standing shelves in my garage to place wall shelves up and give me floor space back and make the garage look nicer. The previous owner put a lot of screws in the that wall, ...
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What are the concerns of a load-bearing interior wall being far out of plumb

I have a two-story home built in the mid-1970s. In the process of replacing a door upstairs several years ago, I realized how far out of plumb the upstairs interior wall is. Over the 79" from ...
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Insulating exterior roof/wall from inside

I am trying to figure out how to insulate my bedroom wall from the inside. The exterior-facing wall is on a sloping roof. This summer I had a Velux window installed and I was able to see the near ...
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How can I attach a baby gate when one wall slants?

I am looking for some advice on how to best set up a baby gate where one side has a wall that slants vertically. Here is the area: To the far right is a built in and ideally I don't want to affect ...
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Corner Repair Small Chips

I have a couple of spots right along the corner edge, where the paint and (I think) joint compound have come off, when the wallpaper was removed. What is the easiest way to repair this?
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What are my basement walls poured concrete or cinder block? (Pics inside)

Trying to figure out what kind of basement walls I have. Vertical seams are visible and corners are rounded. Poured concrete? Cinder block? Something else?
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How do I determine what screws to use for a window emergency escape?

I live in an old rented apartment on the 4th floor without a fire escape. (It's legal, unfortunately, all checked out). I would like to have an emergency window exit but I measured my windows and they ...
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